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Glogster

May 20th, 2011 · No Comments · Creativity and the Web, Online Teacher Resources

A colleague emailed me, saying “I recently came across an artilcle about Glogster and how it might be used in instruction. Are you familiar with it and is it possible to see some explanation about it online? Have you used it and, if so, do you find it effective, or is it more “bells and whistles?”

I’m glad you asked. Glogster is a free online tool that lets users create interactive posters or collages. There is also a premium version for education that does a lot more.

Not sure what you mean by more “bells and whistles.” Sometimes it is exactly the bells and whistles that get kids excited about a project. What would you want students to do with a poster/collage on which they could put text, images, colors, video, and audio? A typical poster board can be creative, but it doesn’t move, bounce, talk to us.

Sometimes it’s the novelty in an activity that draws us to it. With Glogster, there is novelty, and fun.

The best way for any teacher to know how he or she would use a tool like Glogster in class would be to use it first, see what it does and then imagine what your students could do with it. The Glogster site has sample Glogs to see what others have done.

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